Mountainside Awards Outstanding Nurses

May 11, 2012 04:47 AM

Mountainside Hospital presented eight nurses with awards at an annual celebration held in conjunction with National Nurses Week (May 6-12). “The quality and dedication of the entire Mountainside nursing team makes the designation of award winner even more outstanding and prestigious. These nurses are truly the best of the best,” said John Fromhold, President and CEO of the hospital, in acknowledging the honorees.

Myrtle Phillips Forsyth Annual Nursing Awards were presented to Cynara Rombough, RN for excellence in geriatrics and Silvana Ceron, RN, BSN for achievements in ambulatory care. Six additional nurses received Laraja Foundation Professional Practice Awards for “exemplifying the mission, vision and beliefs of Mountainside Hospital and serving as a role model for others.” Charles Babjak, RN, Millie Garzon Gumboc, RN, BSN, Katherine Busold, RN, Cecilia Fournier, RN, Melissa Halloran, RN and Rosanne Sherman, RN, BC were each recognized for nursing excellence in service areas ranging from same day surgery and transitional care to psychiatry.

Rombough, Babjak, Fournier and Halloran are also alumni of the Mountainside School of Nursing. “The professional success of these honorees vividly underscores the caliber and continued relevance of our highly regarded nursing diploma program,” Fromhold said. “Mountainside graduates are excelling in nursing positions at hospitals and in other healthcare settings and we are fortunate to retain some for our own nursing team.”

Presentation of the nursing awards, established and funded by memorial gifts to Partners for Health (formerly known as the Mountainside Foundation), is an annual hospital tradition in conjunction with National Nurses Week.

“This year’s nationwide theme, Advocating, Leading, Caring, was tailor-made for us at Mountainside,” said Fromhold. “Nurses skilled in diverse specialties are essential to our ability to provide the finest quality patient care and they play an integral role in helping Mountainside to uphold its 120-year tradition of service as a leading community health care provider.”

At Mountainside Hospital, world-class physicians treat a wide range of medical conditions using state-of-the-art technology. Patients have immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. The 365-bed community hospital delivers personalized care while also serving as a learning center via its nursing school and residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and dentistry. Mountainside Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside visit




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